Garry Tan

Garry Tan quotes on tips to founders

Founder Initialized. PM/designer/eng turned Forbes Midas List Top 100 VC in startups worth over $40B, before product-market fit.

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1

If your fire in your belly burns longer than your adversaries, you will prevail. 5 years or 10 years but definitely by 20 years... nobody has staying power except those driven by something other than just power and money and fame.

2

Startups are so hard that founders don't need to create more problems for themselves. If it's not critical path, don't worry about it.

3

If you hire for what someone can do, they work for money. If you hire someone because they believe what you believe, they work for meaning.

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You must be open minded to accept risk You must be vulnerable to grow Taking risks combined with personal growth leads to self actualization It’s unnatural to keep open to things that challenge you, and it’s scary to be vulnerable... but it’s worth it.

5

Founders— don’t get pitch advice from too many folks, or you’ll have a frankenpitch. Also ignore advice from your rando I-banker friends.

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